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Kentucky Vs. Ohio State, Sweet 16 Bracket: Wildcats Prepare To Clash With No.1 Buckeyes

Kentucky faces perhaps its biggest obstacle in its quest for another trip to the Final Four. The Wildcats take on the No. 1 ranked team in the nation in Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and have looked impressive thus far in the tournament having last defeated George Mason 98-66.

David Lighty scored 25 points to lead the Buckeyes while Jared Sullinger added 18 points and eight rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. The Buckeyes have won nine games in a row including a Big 10 regular season and tournament championship.

John Calipari's club has played well also winning its last eight games including an SEC Tournament Championship. The Wildcats survived against Princeton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament 59-57 before defeating West Virginia 71-63 on Saturday.

Defense will be key for the Wildcats if they expect to upset Ohio State. Kentucky surrendered 41 first half points to West Virginia on Saturday before clamping down defensively and only allowing 22 points in the second half. It was Kentucky's defense that helped them win the SEC Tournament and they may have to come up with their best effort yet against Ohio State.

For more on this game from the Kentucky perspective, visit A Sea Of Blue. Ohio State fans should stop by Along the Olentangy. Head to SB Nation’s NCAA Basketball hub for more on March Madness.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.